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Seven Koreans Set For PGA Championship Challenge 

What are the chances of a Korean victory this week? Realistically, pretty slim. But so were Y.E Yangs in 2009 and most recently Si Woo Kim at The Players Championship. In fact, the seven Koreans teeing it up at Quail Hollow, who all obviously deserve to be here, and have proven in the past that each of them can contend with the best in the world. So why not this week?

It’s hard to believe that with the rapid emergence of the game in Asia over the past decade, Y.E. Yang’s 2009 victory still remains the only ever Asian Major success. That will change soon – quite possibly by newly crowned WGC Bridgestone Invitational champion Hideki Matsuyama. The world number three will be hoping to maintain his impressive form, as he bids to become and seems destined to be the first Japanese Major winner- but lets get back to the Koreans…

On his debut last year, Younghan Song finished a very credible T-55th; the second highest placed Korean, behind KJ, who is not in this week’s field. Song has put in a string of consistent performances over the past 18 months, and could upset the odds this week with a top 20 finish. Just saying maybe…

Ben An has had a pretty solid year on the PGA Tour, recording three top 10 finishes. An certainly has the potential to compete against the world’s best, if he can play to the level he did in 2015, that won him the BMW PGA Championship, which lead to his European Tour Rookie of the Year award. An seems to enjoy inclement weather, so it will be interesting to see if he can up his game this week, with thunderstorms and heavy rain forecasted throughout the week.

Si Woo Kim has been struggling to shrug off his niggling back injury, which has clearly affected his performance levels, since he won The Players Championship. Last week’s T-50th at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational may not seem like a great result for Kim, but being able to complete four rounds is a big positive- hopefully he can do the same this week.

Sung Kang has risen to 90th in the world rankings and looks to be improving almost every week. The 2017 season has seen Kang finish 2nd, T-5th, T-6th and T-11th on the PGA Tour. If Kang can produce a similar result this week, he will be in with a good shout of making next month’s Presidents Cup. Big if but…

KT Kim has been somewhat out of sorts this year, recording just three top 10’s back in Asia, in comparison to three wins this time last year. Kim has struggled in all of his previous outings in the U.S., with his game seemingly much more suited for the Japan Tour. Based on this, along with the unpredictability of golf, expect Kim to win this week…haha surely not…

Jeung hun Wang has begun to show signs recently of his early season form, that saw him win his third European Tour title, at the Qatar Masters. Wang is stricking the ball as well as he has ever done. Lets hope he can take his range form onto the course, which is what almost every golfer will be hoping for this week…

YE Yang will undoubtedly relish playing this week and every time he tees it up at future PGA Championships. Can his dramatic 2009 victory be emulated this year by Yang or one of his fellow countrymen? Realistically, a top 20 finish for any of the aforementioned would be a very satisfactory week, but lets wait and see, there are no certs in golf…


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Kenneth Quillinan (aka Quilly!) View All

First up, I suppose I better say hello and thank you for visiting my website, whoever you are. I teach, I write, I caddy, I write, I travel, I write. Mostly, about golf if that interests you. Usually interviews for various publications and blog about my caddy adventures.

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